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April 23, 2019

Spring Break is a great time to relax, spend time with family, or travel. For me, Spring Break was the perfect opportunity to attend the ICEPAG 2019 Microgrid Global Summit. The International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) is an annual clean energy conference presented by the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at UC Irvine. With a focus on microgrids, ICEPAG invites professionals in both academia and industry to share their cutting-edge developments.

April 9, 2019

Marcus Lehmann

Current position: Co-founder & CEO, CalWave Power Technologies Inc.

Cal Affiliation: Visiting Research Student, Mechanical Engineering (2012-2016)

 

March 26, 2019

UC Berkeley Haas Blog

BERC continues to take the world by storm, racking up double wins at UCLA's Energy Case Challenges Competition last month!

Check out the Haas blog link for more information and congratulations to Sid Mullick, Cici Saekow, Mark Sheiness, Kylie Sale, William Lynn (from Edison International/Southern California Edison), Bree Soares, Kate Tomlinson, Joyce Yao, Deborah Tan, and Nick Matcheck, all Haas MBA 20.

March 11, 2019

BERC Summit 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the 13th annual BERC Energy Summit! We had a great time welcoming all of you and learning more about the exciting work being done around energy and resources in the Cal community and beyond. A big thanks to all our sponsors and speakers who made this Summit the best yet.

February 14, 2019

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December 26, 2018

For our inaugural alumni spotlight, we want to introduce you to Katie DeWitt. Katie came to Berkeley because it afforded her an opportunity to interface with interdisciplinary groups through classes, like Cleantech to Market, and through organizations, like BERC.

November 13, 2018

Zero waste, recycling and the environmental impacts of our built environment fueled debate at this year's installment of BERC's Resources Roundtable, drawing decisionmakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and private waste management. 

October 25, 2018

So, you’ve got a great idea for turning your hard-tech research into a product or service. Great. But no matter how miraculous your discovery sounds, it cannot be turned into a viable commercial venture unless it can be scaled to meet the demand of a target market, and then manufactured and sold at a price that both sustains your business and meets your customer’s requirements for price (what they pay) and value (what they get). You have to obey the laws of capitalism!

October 16, 2018

On October 4, UC Berkeley and BERC hosted the 4th annual Smogathon highlighting the latest innovative air pollution solutions. The event was first launched in 2015 in Poland as a hackathon and has since evolved into an international competition with hundreds of applications featuring real strategies designed to improve air quality and reduce smog.

June 18, 2018

Buzz has been growing around electric water and space heaters as potent technology for helping California reach its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. Recent state moves to require solar panels on all new residential homes by 2020 certainly make electric water and space heaters more carbon efficient.

Also helping are more efficient heater models that can produce more than three times more energy than they consume – by sucking up the heat in surrounding air or soils and pumping it into water or air.

May 31, 2018

This past spring break, 23 students from various majors were selected to participate in Solar Spring Break (SSB), a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) and Grid Alternatives (GRID). GRID is a nonprofit solar organization that seeks to bring renewable energy to low-income homeowners, while also providing solar education to volunteers. UC Berkeley SSB teams are traditionally sent out to Oakland neighborhoods, but for the first time this year, a team was also sent to the Salinas Valley.

May 4, 2018

Thanks to all who came out to BERC Alumni Night 2018!

On the evening of Thursday, April 26, BERC hosted Alumni Night at the offices of WSGR in San Francisco, bringing together alumni, current students and friends of BERC for a night of networking, fun and fundraising.

April 12, 2018

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March 20, 2018

Are you interested in cutting edge technologies? Consider joining the Cleantech to Market (C2M) course at Haas this fall.
 

March 17, 2018

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One of the highlights of BERC’s 2018 Energy Summit in February was the recording of the popular Interchange podcast, this one featuring a conversation between host Shayle Kann and Ryan Hanley. Ryan is a renewable energy industry veteran now with Advanced Microgrid Solutions and formerly based at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Tesla and SolarCity.

March 6, 2018

Join us in accelerating cleantech innovation! Attend one of C2M’s Info Sessions—Pizza Will be Served!


Thursday, March 8, 12:30 – 1:30 in Haas School of Business Room S489

Friday, March 9, 11:00 – 12:00 in Haas School of Business Room S489

March 3, 2018

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Do you know a student, staff member or professor at UC Berkeley who’s helping the campus transition to a more sustainable clean energy future? Or someone teaching the next generation of decision-makers about the environmental challenges we all face? Here’s your chance to honor that sustainability leader, through the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s annual awards.

 

February 9, 2018

Are you interested in how solar power can help rural communities leapfrog dirty power production technologies? Curious whether “clean coal” is an oxymoron? Want to know why California is investing $45 billion to build some (big) water pipes?

BERC’s communities talked about all of these topics last year!

January 13, 2018

Today, our generation faces some of the most daunting challenges in history; combating global warming, addressing rising energy demand, and ensuring access to energy for all. Dealing with these challenges requires creative and innovative solutions across a multitude of disciplines, and it must involve people from all over the world who are committed to a sustainable future.